Thursday, May 26th, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as the two new breakouts that occurred on Tuesday morning are still quite active as surface flows. The northern branch is now flowing northward over the existing flow field, covering the area where the Thanksgiving day breakout occurred, while the eastern branch’s activity has retreated and shifted southeastward a bit. With this volume of lava evacuating Pu‘u ‘O‘o, the lava pond has dropped and gas emissions have increased, as an impressive plume rose from the vent.

MAHALO NUI LOA to our pilot, Ryan Moeller, Calvin Dorn, and Paradise Helicopters for getting us to where the action is!! We always enjoy the EXCELLENT charter service!

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A bird’s eye view of the 1/2 mile long river of lava effusing from the breakout on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northern flank.
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The lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o has dropped significantly since the breakouts occurred on Tuesday.
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An increase of gas emission from Pu‘u ‘O‘o created an impressive plume. The silvery colored lava is the new eastern branch, with the wispy smoke in the foreground indicates the position of its leading edge.
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The northern breakout is now flowing in a northward, as opposed to the westerly direction it initially took, and is directly over the Thanksgiving Day breakout… putting our beloved hornito at risk. In this photo, the hornito sits just in front of the flattened gas plume near the center of the image.

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